This sequence is indicated by the broken green line on the diagram in the main walkthrough.
Returning to the first room is fairly easy. After retrieving the STONE OF ATUM and using the switch, as shown in the previous section, face west (so the switch is behind Lara) and jump into the water.
Swim down past the snake tile.
Keep going forward (west) and downward through all turns.
When you reach the intersection (where you can go left, right, or up), swim up...
...to surface in the cave where you first entered the water maze.
Slide down to the ledge on the left side of the deep pit.
Take a running jump to the ledge ahead on the left, or jump to the slope, slide back and grab the edge, then traverse to the right and pull up.
Be extra careful when jumping out of the pit; it's very easy to slide in. You need to line up a running jump along the diagonal edge of the flat ledge, aiming for the middle of the slope. Take the running jump and hold Forward but not Action to stick the landing.
Return through the gate and turn left to get back to the HIEROGLYPH PUZZLE.
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